How to Create and Use Multiple Desktops in Windows 10?
Windows 10 Technical Preview, the newest operating system from Microsoft, is creating a lot of buzz everywhere. And, why not? It is loaded with features – some of which are just an extension to the previous versions and some of them have just been specifically added to this one. The multiple desktops feature is one such salient feature in the new Microsoft product.
With the new Task View pane of Windows 10 Technical Preview, you can add multiple desktops to your monitor easily and quickly. However, the multiple desktops functionality is limited in this operating system–
- Dragging and dropping programs between multiple screens is not possible.
- The Wallpaper cannot be changed for individual desktops.
- Jumping to particular screens cannot be done quickly without going through all the open screens.
Creating a new Desktop
To create or add a new desktop to your monitor, click on the Task View button located on the Task bar and open the new Task View pane. You can also open it by using the Windows Key + Tab buttons of your keyboard. To add multiple desktops, click on the Add a Desktop in the Task View pane. If you have already added two or more desktops the “Add a desktop” button will appear as a gray tile with a plus symbol. You can simply add a desktop by using the Windows Key + Ctrl + D keyboard shortcut without entering the Task View pane.
Switching between the Desktops
In order to switch between multiple desktops, open the Task View pane and click on the desktop you want to switch to. But you can also switch between desktops without opening the Task View pane again and again. Every time you want to switch to a different desktop, simply use the keyboard shortcuts Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow. But, if you are using the keyboard shortcut to switch to a particular desktop, cycle through all the multiple desktops you have created. The Task View pane also shows just nine desktops at a time which has no scrolling functions.
Moving Windows between Desktops
If you want to move a window from one desktop to another, open the Task View pane and hover to the desktop that contains the window. After the window of that desktop pops up, right click on it and select the Move to option and choose the desktop you wish to move the window to.
Closing a Desktop
If you want to close a desktop from the many that you have created, open the Task View pane, hover on the desktop to be closed till an X appears in the upper right corner. Click on the X to close the desktop. The Windows Key + Ctrl + F4 option is also available as keyboard shortcut to close multiple desktops.
So, with these handy tweaks now available to you, get on to creating multiple desktops for your Windows 10-based computer. Once you have created different desktops, you can easily group related tasks and assign them to a specific desktop and thereby streamline the work process. Are you ready to get started?